Liverpool transfer development could speed up move for £25m Bristol City star

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Liverpool’s pursuit of Jude Bellingham is over - and now that could mean they ramp up their interest in a Bristol City star.

Liverpool could step up their interest in Bristol City’s Alex Scott after withdrawing from the race to sign England midfielder Jude Bellingham.

Bellingham is one of the most sought after players in Europe, but the Reds will not pay the asking tag of around £130m for the Borussia Dortmund star. Sky Sports say the potential cost involved has put off the six-time Champions League winners from making a move, paving the way for other clubs to make a move. Manchester City and Real Madrid are both said to be interested with City having the resources to sign him.

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"You have to realise what you can do and then work with that,” said Bellingham when discussing Liverpool’s decision to pull out of the race. How much money do we have available and then work with that.”

Liverpool’s transfer stance on Bellingham could mean that they could make a move for Robins star Scott in the summer. The Reds are said to have scouted the teenager when he was on international duty with England Under-20’s last month and is one of several players that they are keeping tabs on.

Scott won’t come cheap either though with Nigel Pearson earlier this week issuing another transfer warning to prospective clubs. The player dubbed ‘the Guernsey Grealish’ is valued at £25m, but that could be more if speculation turns into actual bids, which could make for a bidding war.

RB Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer is one of the players apparently under consideration by Liverpool, but Bayern Munich are expected to sign him. Laimer's possible move to the Allianz however could make Ryan Gravernberch available.

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“It will have to be one hell of a bid for him to go,” said Pearson to BristolLive. I can assure you that Steve (Lansdown, the owner of Bristol City), he doesn't want to sell players for the sake of it. It's not about that.”

The 19-year-old has been out for the last three matches but was named amongst the substitutes for their Championship clash with Watford at Vicarage Road. He is under contract with City until the summer of 2025, and there could be discussions at the season to extend his deal, which could increase his valuation.

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